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post #1 of 16 Old 07-01-2012, 12:45 PM - Thread Starter
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I just bought a used pioneer kuro 101fd with the stand for $2000. I know this is considered the best of all the kuros but, is $2000 a good price nowadays?

PQ is amazing but its still a used set with no warranty...
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IMHO maybe a bit but not much. Value of $2K is relative and varies per person. If you are happy with pic quality- that is what counts the most. 500M (like 101) prices have been in 1.5K range or around that price so you did ok.

500M/101 Kuros are best quality (non-3D) plasma within 55" category. 60" and above size may trump quality advantage Kuros offer IMHO.

Edit-you can refer my earlier post comparing Kuro 500M to 55" VT.
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It would be nice if Kuro sellers on craiglist would be willing to list it on epay
and if you offered to pay all the fee's.
Then you could buy a Squaretrade warranty with it.
Has anyone tried this and what are the limitations of coverage
for a used TV with Squaretrade?
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my Pioneer Kuro is almost 5 years old and it still amazes me, not one problem since I bought it, I am considering giving it to my son since its 720 and not 1080, upgrading to 60" plasma, but absolutely no regrets on this tv.

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Wow. If there are 101fd Kuros to be had for $1500 then I really got shafted paying 2gs for it...
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Wow. If there are 101fd Kuros to be had for $1500 then I really got shafted paying 2gs for it...

It's done! Don't worry about it. Do yourself a favor, if it hasn't been professionally calibrated have it done and you will forget about the cost of the tv. wink.gif
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You got the best TV you could buy--I noticed your previous thread where you mentioned nearest 500M was quite the distance so all in all you would have spent $2K anyways. 101 has always commanded a slight premium over 500M.

Enjoy the pic now- the only upgrade I would recommend at this stage to be wowed over your 50" is 65VT50 for ~$3K.
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Enjoy the pic now- the only upgrade I would recommend at this stage to be wowed over your 50" is 65VT50 for ~$3K.

Just what I am about to do smile.gif . Have a 500M but looking forward to upgrading in size to a 65VT50 biggrin.gif
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Just what I am about to do smile.gif . Have a 500M but looking forward to upgrading in size to a 65VT50 biggrin.gif

I have a 500m as well and still deciding if I want to go up in size. Will your viewing distance be the same for the vt50 as the it is for the 500m? What is your viewing distance? The way I see it is if I'm going to replace my 500m the only way to go is at least 60 inches as anything else will not cut it I fear.
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Just what I am about to do smile.gif . Have a 500M but looking forward to upgrading in size to a 65VT50 biggrin.gif

Just did that. My 500m is now on bedroom duty

Pioneer KRP-500m
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I already have a 70 inch sharp lc70le632u in the living room due to its sheer size. The kuro is going in our bedroom as our private high quality movie theater. The sharp is our home's public home theater. So I wouldnt feel the need to upgarde size, just want the best pq I can get.
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Thats where my kuro will be going as my 70 inch sharp backlit led handles living room duties.
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The poll is deadlocked at 3 apiece lol. I was actually expecting a landslide siding with me getting a good price what with similar kuros going for 2500 to 3500 on ebay. I guess what helps my cause is that this is the only kuro in my immediate area as the closest one is a krp500m in Arizona.

Did panasonics vt50 line finnalle caught up to the kuro? By caught up I mean is does it provide identical pq to the kuro?
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Kuros like the 101fd still get deeper on the blacks if that's what you mean. Overall picture quality is probably pretty close though.
I can't believe these are still selling for 2000$ though, you can get pretty close with the st50 for 1500 or the ut50 in a dark room for 1200 but I suppose if you need the absolute best static contrast around and don't want to pay for a sharp elite or a few select other local dimmers a kuro is the only way to go.
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If you ask DNice or Cnet reviewer David K- they both still regard Kuro (50" and 60") as reference display (over 65vt50). So if you were to buy 60" 141/151 for less than $2K- then I would recommend that over buying new VT50. Otherwise it would make more sense to get 65vt50 (for 2D pic). I only wish ST50 had better calibration tools.
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Not only do you have the best display ,the build quality is better and in some cases way better than the current displays ,should last many years with very little loss in PQ.


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